I don’t fly Delta unless I have to. Delta overcharges for award tickets, has lousy low-tier awards availability until you’re very close to your travel dates, and compensates its members poorly for customer-service errors. Many people agree. As evidence, Delta’s miles in black market trading are worth way less than AA, CO, US or UA miles (one third less is my guess).
But from an airline profitability standpoint, the move makes sense for Delta. I am absolutely convinced they will get uneducated fliers to accept $100 for a four-hour delay, maybe even less. If they can work out the logistics of the bidding process, they will save millions. And there’s very little we can do about it. It’s their company. They set the rules.
I’m not sure at this point if the Department of Transportation will step in at some point and guarantee a minimum compensation. Nor am I sure if the other airlines will follow. We are experiencing the ebb and flow of the business cycle. Two years ago, the airlines couldn’t give away seats and were losing money by the millions each day. Today, they’ve corrected many of their balance sheet issues through bankruptcy and better management so they are profitable again. Bottom line: We’re paying more in fees and receiving less for bumps.
The cycle is going their way at the moment.
Amex Card Offer Looks Way Better Now
Your BLOG 50k link for the AMEX MR card just got better cuz they are doing the 50% bonus and 25k MQM for those who did not do last round:
Thus you end up for $450 fee getting 75k for sending over 50k MR points and 25k free MQM and instant Silver status until FEB2013! (free the rest of this year and all of next year since you earned status NOW!)!!!
This is an great deal IMO. You can even work it with some other cards to EZ get GOLD status or even Platinum.
Here are Rene’s instructions to get the deal done.
FIRST! FIRST! FIRST!
Next sign up for the promotion and make sure it shows in your DELTA account here:
Then yes get the card
Then link your DELTA account to MR. MR let’s you “advance” 50k right away btw. So, send over the 50k, net out 75k + get 25k MQM on top of that. Then spend $1000 and earn the 50k bonus (to pay back the 50k you advanced!)
Here is the link to the Flyertalk thread.
Mint coins are here BTW:
Got’a love DELTA!
Free Ten Day Trial
IHG® Rewards Club Select Credit Card
- Annual Fee: $49 fee waived for the first year
- Foreign Fees: No
- Card Type: Hotel
The IHG Rewards Club Visa is often cited as one of the most underrated hotel credit cards, with good reason. The official offer is for 70,000 points after $1,000 spent within three months, with the first year’s fee waived. The card comes with an annual free night certificate that can be used at any IHG property, including Intercontinental hotels - making this certificate worth upwards of 50,000 points. This is far more generous than some other hotel cards, which limit the categories in which free night certificates can be redeemed.
Cardholders earn 5 points per dollar at IHG hotels; 2 points per dollar at gas stations, grocery stores, and restaurants; 1 point per dollar everywhere else. Moreover, you’ll get a 10% rebate on award redemptions, up to 100,000 points per year. The card also comes with Platinum status, though that doesn’t get you much with IHG. Still, this is a fantastic card to have in your wallet, with benefits that far outweigh the already low $49 annual fee.
- Earn 70,000 bonus points after you spend $1,000 in the first 3 months of account opening
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- Earn 2 points per $1 spent on purchases at gas stations, grocery stores and restaurants
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- Automatic platinum elite status, as long as you remain a cardmember
- $0 introductory annual fee the first year, then $49